The COVID-19 pandemic has affected just about each side of life, and it was solely a matter of time earlier than a movie would come alongside to touch upon some of the globally influential occasions since World Battle II. “Locked Down” is among the first courageous makes an attempt to seize this historic time in movie, and in its taking pictures for the moon, the rocket bought misplaced someplace within the stratosphere.
Directed by Doug Liman, “Locked Down” was launched for streaming on HBO Max Jan. 14. Set through the first couple weeks of the pandemic, the movie is a story of an estranged couple trapped collectively in London through the peak of the quarantine. As their relationship falls aside underneath the publicity and self-analysis introduced on by isolation, the heist of a lifetime falls into their laps and may carry them again collectively.
Paxton (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a disgraced cargo driver and former bohemian, and Linda (Anne Hathway), a CEO and trend mogul, are merely cohabitating and ready out the storm after a extreme fallout previous lockdown. As they start to work by way of their relational issues, by advantage of their distinctive occupations, they arrive upon the possibility to steal a just about untraceable diamond throughout a supply to New York. Drama, comedy and heist-planning ensue.
The movie is most unusual within the sense that it’s a historic drama and interval piece that’s set in modern-day. The movie is a romantic comedy and heist thriller backdropped by Zoom calls, preventing for lavatory paper, connection errors and lots of different features of life which have develop into oddly regular through the pandemic.
The movie is kind of actually a blended bag, to say the least. It’s largely a gradual and infrequently irritating exploration of a self-absorbed and self-pitying couple, with glimpses of thrilling heist drama and massive laughs about our new regular.
The strongest component of the movie by a landslide is the electrical chemistry between the 2 Academy Award-caliber leads, Anne Hathaway and Chiwetel Ejiofor. The 2 actors painting a practical couple with a uncooked emotion and scene chemistry that’s unparalleled by something I’ve seen in a very long time. The film is most entertaining when the 2 powerhouse performers are in a room collectively, making veritable artwork by way of well-written conversations that vary from angrily vindictive to thoughtfully reflective.
The movie can be surrounded by a stunning variety of movie star appearances from Mindy Kaling to Ben Stiller, nearly all irritatingly on Zoom. A bulk of the movie revolves round Zoom calls, which was endearing at first, however shortly wore out its welcome as gimmicky and infrequently disorienting. Relatively than including to the movie, the supporting forged for probably the most half distracts from it, feeling extra like cameos to attract in an viewers fairly than natural storytelling.
The writing is laudable and sometimes heartfelt — no less than when it isn’t mumbled over Zoom. There are some actual laughs and considerate dialogue given to Hathaway and Ejiofor, akin to scenes of them dealing with the stresses of cabin fever in genuinely inventive and humorous methods.
The majority of the movie focuses on Paxton and Linda’s relationship, making its commercial as a COVID-era heist movie woefully deceptive and positive to disappoint most audiences. The deal with the connection makes for funding within the characters and a satisfying conclusion, however the grand theft parts are uncared for at its expense.
The movie is extremely gradual and the pacing is just terrible. The heist narrative doesn’t take root nicely till an hour and a half into the film and the primary half is full of tedious Zoom calls. I sadly discovered myself checking the time and my telephone extra usually than I’d’ve preferred for a movie I anticipated to be so groundbreaking.
“Locked Down” is definitely nothing to put in writing house about and questionably price your time. The very best elements of the movie are the participating lead performances and the sometimes humorous and insightful commentary on one of many weirdest and most vital occasions to be alive in our era. The movie fails as a heist film and drags in methods that may be nearly insufferable, ending with a conclusion that’s satisfying however barely price all of the muddling.
All of this culminates into “Locked Down” being a let down as the primary entry into the unusual new style of quarantine motion pictures that actually felt rushed. It’s a satisfactory first attempt within the new chapter of movie historical past we live in, however hardly the splash we had all hoped for.